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A lime disease that has nothing to do with ticks

Ever heard about “lime disease” — not to be confused with Lyme disease? It’s a painful, itchy rash that sometimes causes blisters and appears a day or two after skin splattered with lime juice is exposed to the sun.

Dermatologists refer to it by its scientific name, phytophotodermatitis, but perhaps “bartender disease” is a more fitting moniker since it’s likely to plague those mixing margaritas on sunny outdoor patios, said Dr. Joe Merola, a dermatologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

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